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SAMPLE RECEIVING

Our sample receiving department is the first point of contact with your samples. Our sample coordinators review every order to ensure all sample conditions, documentation and container requirements are within compliance.  They input pertinent data into our Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), and ensure samples are stored according to EPA requirements.  Then, the samples continue to our technical departments for analysis.

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Our organic chemistry department is where analysis of a large assortment of organic compounds takes place. Most of these methods require a solvent extraction process and are analyzed using gas chromatography systems, including mass-spectroscopy,  for the analysis of organic contaminants, Pesticides, Herbicides, PCBs, Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons, Semi-Volatile and Volatile (Aromatic and Halogenated) contaminants.

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Our inorganic chemistry department is the most versatile area of our laboratory.  We offer a large spectrum of analytical testing ranging from standard wet-chemistry techniques, such as Ammonia, Nitrogen, Oil and Grease, and Total Suspended Solids (TSS), to ICP Metals; key items in most wastewater discharge permits. Our state certification covers all general chemical analyses normally included in such NPDES permits.

CLIENT SERVICES

American has been providing analytical chemistry data to clients throughout the Tri State area for over two decades. Our commitment to delivering the highest quality data available is rooted in a clear and confident understanding of current EPA, ASTM and State Specific Methodologies. The need for analytical testing can be as vast as it can be unique. American’s sample capacity grants us the ability to handle large projects and individual samples fluidly.

We are able to make decisions quickly and efficiently in order to customize your experience. Because every project is unique, our approach is customized to ensure your project is a success.

ITS ALL ABOUT YOU

Our commitment to quality and accuracy are paramount, but our focus is you. Providing you dependable data just is not enough. How you receive that data and your experience should never be overlooked. That is why we have a multitude of EDD (Electronic Data Deliverables) at our disposal. This ensures that you get the data you need, when and how you need it.

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Where does your water come from?

A simple question, but how many people actually know the answer? The Nature Conservancy took to the streets to find out.

 

DID YOU KNOW…

  • 80% of Americans’ drinking water comes from rivers and lakes.
  • New York City is one of only five large cities in the U.S. that does not have to filter its drinking water because the watershed is so well protected.
  • Every day over 1 billion gallons of fresh, clean water is delivered from large reservoirs in upstate New York, including the Neversink, Cannonsville and Pepacton Reservoirs in the Delaware River Basin.
  • Our state’s Watershed Protection Program is one of the most comprehensive in the world and has been so successful at protecting New York City’s water supply that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the City a 10-year Filtration Avoidance Determination (FAD) in 2007.
  • The Conservancy is protecting these water sources by doing things like removing the Cuddlebackville Dam, which was blocking mussel larva from traveling down the Neversink river, so that the mussels could reproduce. This same dam was also keeping migratory fish in the Neversink River from migrating. Currently, we are working to have natural-flow regulations as statewide policies.

– See more at: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/newyork/placesweprotect/newyorkcity/ny1drinkingwater.xml#sthash.gAdOwsBa.dpuf

Projects: NY Superfund Site

American Analytical is currently providing environmental testing and analytical support services to a contractor working under the Division of Environmental Remediation (DER) of the Department of Environmental Conservation at a site in Brooklyn, NY.

Based upon investigations conducted to date, the primary contaminants of concern are PCBs.

Building material (brick and mortar) contained PCB concentrations in excess of 50 ppm, the New York State and Federal Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) definition of PCB hazardous waste, in 35 percent of the 165 analyzed samples. The site presents a significant environmental threat due to the potential for PCB releases from source areas both within and beneath the building.

American analyzed solid, soil, liquid and wipe samples for PCB analysis on an emergency expedited turn-around, coupled with full suite Form U parameters for off-site disposal of PCB-contaminated building materials.

 

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What’s New: Sampling for Volatile Organic Compounds in Soil by EPA Method 5035A

American Analytical Laboratories, LLC.

Method 5035A Sampling and Field Kit Guidelines

SW-846 Method 5035A Closed System Purge & Trap and Extraction

For Volatile Organics in Soil and Waste Samples

Background:

The EPA has released and subsequently NYSDOH ELAP has approved guidance on the sample collection of volatile organics by SW-846 Method 5035A. Appendix A of this method provides details regarding the many options available for sample collection. The collection and preservation procedures are intended to prevent loss of Volatile Organics during sample transport, handling and analysis.

 

If samples are not collected according to one of these options, American Analytical is required to qualify any reported sample concentrations as biased low in our final lab report by documenting the potential bias in the narrative section of the data package.

 

Method 5035A Sampling Options:

 

American Analytical encourages the use of one of the following four options for meeting Method 5035A sampling and preservation requirements. Sampling kits must be pre-ordered by calling the laboratory at (631) 454-6100.

 

Option 1:      (allows for both low and high level analysis if warranted)

Sample collection will require the following:

  • 2 pre-weighed 40ml vials containing a small magnetic stir bar and preserved with sodium bisulfate for low level analysis (expected concentrations < 200 ppb)
  • 1 pre-weighed 40ml vial with methanol for high level analysis

(expected concentrations >200 ppb)

  • 1 – 1oz jar for percent moisture determination

 

Note: Option 1 will require 5 grams of soil pre-weighed in the field to be placed into each of the 40ml vials by sampling personnel. Use special care when handling methanol. Methanol is a flammable substance.

 

Option 2:    (allows for both low and high level analysis if warranted)

Sample collection will require the following:

  • 2 Encore 5g sampler for low level analysis
  • 1 – 1oz jar for percent moisture determination
  • 1 – 40ml vial pre-weighed and preserved with Methanol for high level analysis

 

Note: Option 2 will require 5 grams of soil pre-weighed in the field to be placed into the Methanol preserved vial using a Terra Core sampler (or equivalent) and a field balance to check the sample weight. Use special care when handling methanol. Methanol is a flammable substance.

 

Option 3: (allows for only low level analysis)

  • 2 pre-weighed 40ml vials containing a small magnetic stir bar and preserved with sodium bisulfate for low level analysis (expected concentrations < 200 ppb)
  • 1 – 1oz jar for percent moisture determination

 

Option 4: (allows for only low level analysis)

  • 2 Encore 5g sampler for low level analysis
  • 1 – 1oz jar for percent moisture determination

 

Return all encores to the laboratory ASAP. Samples must either be analyzed or be transferred from the encores and preserved by the lab within 48 hours of collection.

 

What’s New at American:

Method 5035A outlines the procedures for sample collection and analysis of soils and solid wastes for volatile organic compounds (VOCs).